NCAAF Heisman Betting Odds: Transfers Among Top Candidates
A Change of Address Hasn't Hurt Heisman Hopes for USC's Caleb Williams
Five of the Top 15 Players in Heisman Odds are With New Programs in 2022
Thanks to the crazy and wild world of the transfer portal, the Heisman Trophy race is going to have a much different feel. Sure, last year’s winner Bryce Young of Alabama returns along with Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud and Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr., who finished fourth and fifth in the voting. However, with all the high-profile quarterbacks on the move, the pecking order for the Heisman candidates might be harder to project than ever before. That is indicated by the current Heisman betting odds.
Stroud leads the way with +250 odds to win the Heisman Trophy despite the fact that two of his best receivers were selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Young is tied for second at +550 as he attempts to join former Ohio State running back Archie Griffin as the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner.
Williams on the Way Up
Caleb Williams was a solid No. 3 choice just five weeks ago. Now he is tied with Young for second at +550 in the current Heisman Trophy betting odds.
The addition of former Pittsburgh receiver Jordan Addison, the 2021 Biletnikoff winner as the top receiver in college football, certainly has helped Williams move up from +800.
There will be some growing pains as the former Oklahoma quarterback becomes accustomed to playing with some new teammates. The talent is there for Williams to join Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart as USC quarterbacks to win the Heisman.
Dart and Ewers Eager to Shine
It was hard to top Jaxson Dart’s collegiate debut. Stepping in for an injured Keldon Slovis, Dart passed for 391 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Washington State. Dart didn’t play for another four games before suiting up for the Trojans’ final five games of 2021.
He didn’t approach the numbers he had in his debut but did throw for 325 against rival UCLA. With Williams joining his former head coach Lincoln Riley in Los Angeles, both Slovis and Dart transferred elsewhere.
Dart landed at Ole Miss where he will replace player Matt Corral, now with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
Dart’s odds have moved from +2200 to +4000 since early June.
Ewers was the No. 1 rated recruit in two different classes after he was reclassified. Perhaps he might have wanted to wait another year before arriving at Ohio State. C.J. Stroud grabbed a hold of the starting quarterback position and had a season to top all seasons. Ewers never even stepped onto the field for the Buckeyes.
Now the Texas native is back home and is trying to get his career going at the University of Texas. He doesn’t have much time to wait since Arch Manning, the nephew of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, has committed to Texas. He is set to arrive in Austin for the 2023 season.
His Heisman odds have gone from +2000 to +3300.
Daniels and Rattler Fall Further Behind the Favorites
The Heisman odds aren’t trending in the right direction for West Virginia’s J.T. Daniels and South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler.
Just over a month ago, Daniels’ Heisman odds were +2200 and Rattler was coming in at +3000. Now Daniels has seen his odds fall to +5000 while Rattler isn’t far behind at +6600.
Another player with falling odds is former Auburn and current Oregon QB Bo Nix, who has seen his odds for the top individual award in college football go from +4000 to +8000.
Fans of the status quo must be loving new Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel. The former UCF QB had Heisman Trophy odds of +3000 in early June and that is where those odds are at the current time.
Quarterbacks Don’t Have all the Fun
Don’t get the idea that the quarterbacks are the only players with new teams in 2022 showing up in the Heisman Trophy odds.
Former Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs is tied for the best odds (+3300) among running backs while new USC receiver Jordan Addison has seen his Heisman odds move to +8000. The arrival of Addison, Williams, and former Oregon leading rusher Travis Dye (+8000 in the Heisman Trophy odds) are just three reasons why USC is fifth in the NCAAF 2022 season odds after the Trojans finished tied for fourth in the Pac-12 South Division a season ago.
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